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Classical Guitar Lessons: Greensleeves

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[MUSIC]
This lesson is on Greensleeves,
the very popular Elizabethan tune.
And there are many versions and
arrangements of this,
because it's, it's been very popular for
over 500 years.
But the version I'm, I'd like to play for
you and teach is out of the Frederick Noad
Renaissance Guitar Anthology.
And I've placed it in the curriculum as an
intermediate piece because it's got some
pretty tricky shifts involving bars.
And just and, and kind of a really chunky
texture in,
in, just in the, there's a lot of really
thick chords, and
then you're changing in the left hand to
other pretty thick chords.
So it's, it's quite a challenge for the
left hand.
I'm just gonna point out a couple spots in
it that where I,
I can offer some fingerings that maybe
it'll make it a little bit easier.
Let's see.
In measures five, six, seven, eight, nine,
ten, 11, 12, 13, 14, 14 and 15.
I'm going to play measures 14 and 15 of
this arrangement.
Right here.
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Instead of
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You could do that fingering, as well.
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That's a perfectly good fingering.
If you find that you have a little bit of
trouble with it just because of
the bar and the stretching of the,
the second finger here's an alternate
fingering for that.
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You can come off of that second beat in
measure 14, and
then play the, the C major chord with one,
three, four, one,
and then shift into bar on the fifth, on
the fifth fret, like this.
Continue with your melody here with the G
and F-sharp on the second string, and
then shift down to first position for the
rest of that passage.
Let's see, the next one that's kind of,
that's usually tricky for
most students here is, the final phrase
here.
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This here, getting the stretch there and
getting it to land with a, a fairly good
sense of legato between the voices.
You, you don't want to over prepare that,
that shift because then it kind of sounds
like.
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You know, this.
You get that break in the sound.
So that's good spot to do your, one of
those breakdowns where you
just stop at the chord and don't, and then
don't play anything else.
It gives you that, that breathing room to
kind of analyze how the move felt and
how it sounded and all that sort of thing.
So, just going right at that measure, it's
three measures from the end.
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Like this, and once again.
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I'm discovering
something as I practice it.
You can actually get your, the first
finger there a little bit early
providing some stability, which allows you
to, as kinda like an anchor,
for you to then stretch out the fourth
finger as needed.
Again, when you stretch, when you have a
big stretch like that
try also bending from the wrist a little
bit, rather than putting all of the,
of the, of the the work on the fingers and
their lateral movement.
You'll really help them out a little bit
by just temporarily, it'll only be for
the stretch, just bringing the wrist down.
And then when going into the next measure
then of course,
you can strain your wrist again, to play
the much easier second last measure.
So that's Greensleeves.
And one other thing in about Greensleeves.
It's, six-eight rhythm, not, not a real
fast piece, fairly slow.
And in those, first few phrases, there's
some very long, pauses.
Not pauses, but a chord is ringing and you
have to be patient, to wait for
the measure to end.
So make sure that you're counting, and or
feeling the pulse internally.
For example, measures one, two, three,
four,
five, six, and eight.
So I'll play from measure five.
Let's go from measure five.
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So you have that six-eight measure and
and so one and two and
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and two and.
So make sure that you, for your longer
rhythms like that
that you are giving them their full
rhythmic value.
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